: current and former officials say obama may not have known about merkel, but would know that the nsa spied on foreign leaders, including friends. >> the president then, his national security council would be well aware of the types of targets the nsa was targets. that could include allies in europe. >> reporter: merkel, the ally's most powerful politician, grew up in east germany, famous for spying on the citizens, but being eavesdropped by the u.s.? >> don't underestimate her. she has a long memory, and i think it will be a harsh problem for the american/german relations for the next years. >> reporter: the white house is trying to curb the way they control mass records especially here at home. that in the face of growing criticism that america's spy agencies have gone rogue. brian? >> andrea mitchell at the state department for us tonight. andrea, thanks. >>> back to the issue that brings us here in breezy point, this section of coastal new york city. we could not have stood here at the height of the storm that started a year ago tonight. as storms go, remember it was only a category 1.